Born in Treviso, Italy, in 1965, he earned a degree in Law. He also served for three years in the Italian Air Force. He is married and has two children.
Since November 2019 he is General Manager of the Naval Vessels Division of Fincantieri S.p.A.
Since January 2018 Giordo is Board Member of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), appointed by the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after a selection over more than 300 executives around the world. The other Board Members from the Kingdom are the Chairman of Saudi Commission for Tourism and General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Energy, Industry Mineral Resources also Chairman of ARAMCO, the Ambassador of the Kingdom in Germany, the Chairman of SAUDIA and the Governor of General Authority for Small and Medium enterprises.
In April 2016, HRH Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia announced the Saudi Vision 2030, which sets out the methodology and roadmap for the economic and developmental action in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One of the key initiatives of this new vision is the development of a local aerospace and defense industry, with the aim of reducing military imports and stimulating other industrial sectors within the Kingdom. The ultimate target is to localize over 50 percent of defense equipment spending by 2030. As part of the commitment to achieve this target, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) has been entrusted to establish SAMI to spearhead this initiative. The key mandate of the Company is to localize the production of military ammunition, equipment and defense systems and contribute to the development of a highly skilled work force in Saudi Arabia. The Company will build an integrated national network of services and supporting industries that will improve self-sufficiency and strengthen the Kingdom’s defense exports, both regionally and internationally. The Company was launched at the end of 2017.
From June 2015, he is also an entrepreneur, owning the majority shares of two engineering and design companies in the naval business.
From May 2016 to March 2019, Giuseppe Giordo has been President and CEO of Aero Vodochody Aerospace Group, the biggest and most historical Aeronautical Company in the Czech Republic.
Giordo has been the first foreign executive who has had the responsibility to lead the Group.
During the same period, Giordo has also been President of the Confederation of the Aeronautical Industries in the Czech Republic. In less than three years Giordo has re-structured and relaunched the Company moving it from a “low cost” supplier of products and services to an International leader of light trainers and training services while increasing the presence of the Company in the main international collaborations in the civil segment.
During his leadership position, first commercial result has been achieved with the sale of L-39 NG fleet in the International market after twenty years that the Company was absent from International sales, flying with the first prototype before the end of 2018 as scheduled and on cost, re-organizing the support for the existing L-39 operators, terminating the un-profitable civil components programs, re-launching the production of the L-159, changing all the processes in the Company and achieving much better industrial results in the most important civil programs.
From June 2010 to March 2015 he has been Chief Executive Officer of Alenia Aermacchi, the main Italian aviation company with more 11.000 direct employees, around 40.000 people engaged in the supply chain, several facilities in Italy and abroad with revenues for around 3.3 billion euros (over 4 billion dollars).
During the same period Giordo has been Responsible for aeronautical sector of Finmeccanica (now Leonardo).
Since the end of 2010, when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Alenia Aeronautica and Responsible for the Finmeccanica Aeronautics Sector, he has been leading a process of deep renewal and reorganization, with the goal of improving the company’s industrial and commercial competitiveness. In 2011, Giordo, has implemented the actions for reorganizing the Italian aeronautical sector focalizing the investments to the most profitable programs while completing the integration process of Alenia Aeronautica, Aermacchi and SIA, which, from 1st January 2012, have merged into one single industrial reality, Alenia Aermacchi.
In this respect, some important management actions that have been implemented can be summarized as follows:
- New organizational structure focused on Sales and Business Development and Centers of Excellences for industrial activities with particular attention on Procurement and supply chain.
- In the Procurement area, in addition to a complete reorganization of the supply chain, several cost reductions campaigns have been launched and closed. These have improved the marginality of the most important programs.
- Re-structuring of the Italian facilities with the transfer of closure of seven sites (Brindisi, Casoria, Capodichino 1 and 2, Olgiate Olona, Genova, Roma) without any production interruption. These actions have involved around 2.000 workers.
- Move the Staff costs to market benchmark (from 9% to 2.5% in three years) through processes of reduction, re-qualification and outsourcing (passive billing, supervision, building maintenance, hardware management systems).
- Definition of career paths for all company levels with particular attention to young talents and to the management of “senior” company resources, with specific training plans, support and skills release.
- Signature of the Trade Unions agreements with all 5 organizations presented in the Company on:
- Industrial reorganization plan.
- Reduction of approximately 3,000 units equal to 25% of the total work force.
- Flexibility in the management of shifts and overtime.
- Bonuses for all workers and all employees tied to the economic parameters of the company, and to specific sector parameters.
Definition for the first time in the Finmeccanica Group of the MBO system for the entire
population of middle managers (about 2,000 employees).
Reduction of absenteeism levels through actions to improve individual performance (from 12% to 3% in three years).
In that same period, the Company has achieved many significant commercial successes, with particular regard to the signature of contracts for the supply of the advanced trainers M-346s (Singapore, Israel, Poland) and the tactical transport aircraft C-27Js (Mexico, Australia, Peru). In the aero-structure field, Giordo has successfully renegotiated strategic contracts with the main players of the sector (Boeing, Airbus, Dassault), which have regained a positive marginality.
Since the end of 2011 he has also led the Industrial efforts for the Eurofighter Typhoon Campaign in Kuwait that recently ended with the selection of the aircraft with Alenia Aermacchi as Prime Contractor for a business more of Seven Bio Euro.
The benefits arisen from the actions planned, implemented and completed by Giordo are evident from the Company’s main economical financial indicators of his period as CEO. From 2011 to 2014, orders and revenues have increased of 54.6% and 30% respectively, with EBITA and FOCF (from -57 Mio Euro in 2011 to +246 Mio Euro in 2014) structurally regaining a positive trend.
Giordo served as the President of the Assembly of Members of GIE/ATR (Airbus and Alenia), the Chairman of Superjet International (Alenia and Sukhoi) and the Chairman of the board of Alenia Aermacchi North America. He also served on the board of Directors of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (Russian Company) and he was Shareholder Representative in the Eurofighter Consortium.
In 2009, Giordo was also appointed Co-Chief Operating Officer of Alenia Aeronautica, as responsible for the company’s Military Airlift Division. In such a position, he wholly oversaw and he had the full P&L responsibility for the transport aircraft directly in charge of related sales, engineering, procurement, human resources, production and the related logistic support.
In 2004, Giordo was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Alenia North America, with the responsibilities of the company’s industrial business in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. In such a position, Giordo, leading a team of US resources, played a crucial role in the significant expansion of Alenia presence in the U.S., starting from annual revenue of $15M in 2004 and growing to $300M in 2009. In 2007, Alenia, with its U.S. partner, was awarded the Joint Cargo Aircraft program, for the supply of tactical transport aircraft C-27Js to the U.S. Air Force and National Guard. Furthermore, in 2008, Alenia was awarded a contract by the Department of Defense to provide modernized G.222 medium lift aircraft to be transferred to the Afghanistan Air Force. This contract has allowed the re-opening of Capodichino facility where the industrial activities were performed. Within the civil sector, under Giordo’s leadership, Alenia North America established Global Aeronautica, a joint venture with Boeing Company, to perform the integration and testing of most part of Boeing 787 fuselage.
Giordo joined the Finmeccanica group in 1990 and, starting from the minimum clerical level for a young graduate, he held multiple positions that led him to assume wider responsibilities, both in the management of international programs and in the development of international business.
Throughout his career, Giordo has consolidated solid and lasting relationships with the major international players in the aerospace field, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, L-3, Bombardier, Embraer and Sukhoi, with whom he established strategic industrial and business collaborations.
Giordo also has a deep knowledge of international markets and has managed collaborations and signed contracts in all the geographical areas of the world. As an example in South America with Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina, in North America with Canada, United States and Mexico, in Europe with France, UK, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland in the Middle East with Israel, Egypt , Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, in Africa with Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, in Asia with Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan. Giordo has also worked extensively with Australia and Russia.